England vs. Sweden final score, recap

Ross Houston
July 8, 2018

Goals in each half from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli clinched victory for Gareth Southgate's men in their first quarter-final in the competition since 2006, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced a hat-trick of stunning saves to maintain his clean sheet.

England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last 16.

Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th.

"[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together". "I hope that, when they look at us, they know that everything is possible and that they can also go far". "But we controlled the game and we now have to keep doing what we are doing".

Although everyone is engrossed in their own lifestyle, carrying on working in their own profession on a daily basis, one topic which has never eluded the mind of each individual in the past month is that of the World Cup.

That was England's eighth set-piece goal at this World Cup, but, while they are lethal from dead balls, apart from Kane they are not blessed with too many other sharp shooters. Congratulations to both the team and the coach. It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the center back's first in global soccer.

"I did my best to bring as many Swedes as I could", Swedish fan Mats Sjoberg said.

England needed 30 minutes to break down typically stubborn resistance from Sweden's sound defence. "I have the greatest respect for them, and congratulations to England".

"All the matches here at the World Cup are very hard", he said.

Set clear by Jordan Henderson's long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped.

Sweden manager Janne Andersson feels England are good enough to win the World Cup after beating his side 2-0 on Saturday.

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